Intel SSD 80 gigs in Hardware Raid 0 + Bootcamp...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by whyrichard, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002

    I am thinking of using two 80 gig Intel SSD's in my mac pro. I am a bootcamp user...

    Should i put win 7 on one ssd and osxsl on another?
    Or should I hardware Raid-0 them and partition the raid-0 in half for each os?

    If raid-0... then what is most practical hardware raid card available?


  2. knewsom macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2005
    The drives are already so fast, I'm not so sure you need them in RAID-0... plus, the firmware issue could present itself. I'd just use one for each, rather than partitioning a RAID-0.
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    From what I know. You will not be able to setup RAID 0 for both Windows and Mac.

    Windows will only boot to RAID 0 with hardware RAID.

    The only software RAID I know of for Windows is by making the disks dynamic. However, Windows can not boot off of dynamic disks nor can Mac OS X read dynamic disks.

    The only way you could feasibly have RAID 0 for both is if you bought a hardware RAID card that has both Mac OS X and Windows drivers. Further that it is bootable in Mac Pro's. Highpoint makes a lot of these cards. Given the SSD's you would want either a PCI-e 2.0 x1 or PCI-e x8 cards as PCI-e 1.0 x1 only can handle 250MB/s. You would need to make sure the specific card you choose is Snow Leopard ready and that dual boot RAID 0 is supported.

    You could do RAID 0 for Mac OS X though. Then with Windows use one for OS and apps and the other for data and virtual memory. Though I would use a platter based drive for data and virtual memory. For the large storage capacity.

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